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Stephanie’s Bio

  • Major: Political Science
  • Hometown: Beachwood, Ohio

Interning at Amnesty International in Washington, D.C. gave Stephanie Cohen a front row seat in the global discussion about human rights.

“I planned Amnesty International’s annual general meeting—it took two and a half months to put it together, but it went really well.”

“I took this course, Human Rights, last semester. Just taking the class basically reaffirmed that I’m doing the right thing with my life.”

The real world experience she gained during her internship will definitely help her as she moves toward her goal of becoming a human rights attorney. “I took this course, Human Rights, last semester. Just taking the class basically reaffirmed that I’m doing the right thing with my life. Working at Amnesty International, they’re focused on human rights and I’m always talking about things that I learned in that class. So, it’s practical knowledge, too.”

Stephanie interned at Amnesty International.

Stephanie interned at Amnesty International.

It’s a big world out there and taking on big tasks is part of the learning process. So it’s no surprise that she was attracted to UB’s North Campus. “I really liked the idea of the campus as being a big city unto itself,” she says. “I also remember my tour guide being really helpful—she was just really excited about UB and it made me excited about the school too.”

Stephanie soon realized UB’s political science department matched her ambitions.

“I was always interested in human rights and human rights law and I realized that the political science program at UB fit what I wanted.”

As for what’s next? Stephanie is thinking big. “I think I’d like to get some work experience before law school. I want to do something that will take me overseas, but I’m not sure what shape that will take.”

Last updated: March 13, 2014 11:09 am EST